Sixteen-year-old Mya Jones is cursed.
She is, hands down, the most beautiful creature on earth. But beauty can wound, and Mya finds herself reviled and shunned by her peers. If there is even a chance that she could start over, Mya longs to take it, no matter the risks.
So when the strange Mr. Merk offers her a new life away from home, Mya is hesitant but hopeful. Only she didn't count on the mysterious Ross, or her feelings for him.
BEAUTIFUL CURSE is a contemporary retelling of the myth of Psyche and Cupid.
Ah, this book was fantastic! I mean, I don't know the myth of Psyche and Cupid, but I could match up the main characters, Mya and Ross! And then the various Greek/Roman gods, that was fun to do, though there was one who was there for a while, with a common letter given, so she was not the easiest to guess!
This book was a mysterious, and intricate book! There was the mystery around Ross and his family, because hey, why would Mya know that her story is a contemporary retelling of Psyche and Cupid? So all that was there!
The action was mid-level, like, not an action movie, but not a romantic comedy, either, but the tension came more from the mysteries that are surrounding her, then the action, because that's just the impression I got!
I enjoyed the ending, mostly, because it was a pretty decent spot, but we're left with unanswered questions, some of them pretty big, and yeah, since it's a stand alone book, we're unlikely to get those answers, unless there's a companion book!
Really enjoyed this book, it was just so atmospheric, and amazing!
Author: Jen McConnel
Read: December 8th, 2014
Source: YA Bound Review Copy
Reason Why: Sounded really good, and it's a 2014 RRC Book and a SAC 2014 Book!
Publisher: Swoon Romance
Published: December 9th 2014
Jen McConnel first began writing poetry as a child. Since then, her words have appeared in a variety of magazines and journals, including Sagewoman, PanGaia, and The Storyteller (where she won the people’s choice 3rd place award for her poem, “Luna”).
She is also a former reviewer for Voices of Youth Advocates (VOYA), and proud member of SCBWI, NCWN, and SCWW.
A Michigander by birth, she now lives and writes in the beautiful state of North Carolina. A graduate of Western Michigan University, she also holds a MS in Library Science from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. When she isn't crafting worlds of fiction, she teaches college writing composition and yoga.
Once upon a time, she was a middle school teacher, a librarian, and a bookseller, but those are stories for another time.
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